Posted July 20, 2017 under Blog


This is the second of a series entitled, "Leap!" In the next few weeks, we will look into the lives of people who took not just a step, but a leap of faith, and how God honored them in return.

They didn’t see what was promised. They were flogged, beaten, and vanished. They suffered here on earth and did not have a full glimpsed of what they believed in. Despite it all, they went beyond believing, and obeyed God, by faith. They are the men, with their eyes on the eternal, took the leap.

Early in the Bible, we find the story of Cain and Abel. A story that’s really not about sibling rivalry, but about something far deeper, showcasing what it truly takes to please God.

In the course of time, Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering, He did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. Genesis 4:3

Later on in the passage, we see that Cain, filled with envy and rage, killed his brother Abel (see Genesis 4:8) and was cursed for his deed.

Abel, whose only desire was to please God was murdered, making him the first martyr in the Bible.

But this is not the whole point of the story.

The story of Abel is not about sibling rivalry and martyrdom for the faith, but it’s about the significance of offering something to God that truly pleases Him.

The best and the first

As we’ve read in Genesis 4:3, Abel brought the “fat portions,” sourced out from the “firstborn of his flock.” Cain on the other hand “brought some of the fruits of the soil.”

While Cain brought the regular produce from his labor, his brother Abel brought the fat portions from the firstborn.

Abel didn’t just offer the typical, he gave the best (fat) and the first (signifying priority).

In our lives, God, the Creator of heaven and earth, of you and I, doesn’t just want to be present in our lives, He wants to be the first. He wants the best. Pleasing God requires that we put Him first and give Him our best, and do this by faith.

The fat portion of Abel’s sacrifice implies that he gave the most valuable thing that he has. And not only that, it came from the firstborn, signifying that the offering is topmost and special.

Once Again, what Abel offered to God was not the typical or usual, and definitely not the leftover, it’s the most valuable and the most precious from his stewardship.

Obedience by faith

“By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith, he was commended as righteous when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.” Hebrews 11:4

Abel’s faith led him to obey God and he was commended as righteous.

The Bible explains that righteousness is something bestowed on to us by God through faith in Jesus (see Romans 3:22). Righteousness is not something produced by our own effort. It’s not earned, but it’s something that He gives to you and me.

In the Old Testament, an offering was needed to cover one’s sin. Like Abel’s sacrifice, blood has to be shed so that an error that God condemns maybe covered.

But in the New Testament, an Unblemished Lamb became the Perfect Sacrifice so that your sins and mine are not only covered but cleansed. The Sacrifice, who shed His blood for you and me, can make us righteous if we put our faith in Him.

Jesus Christ died as a sacrifice for our sins. He was the first. He was the best. And through Him, we can have eternal life, be made righteous, and live transformed lives.

Called to be righteous, an invitation

Habakkuk 2:4 notes that the righteous will live by faith.

You and I are called to be righteous, and the only way to do so is by living by faith.

As Abel has exemplified to us, when we give God our best, when giving Him our first, He will look on us with favor.

This is why the only way for us to be saved is by surrendering our lives to Christ, giving Him our all, and putting Him first.

Only then can we live by faith and truly please God.

Today, we have an invitation to step out, to declare that Jesus is Lord of our lives, and from this day forth give Him our best and put Him first.

We have been given a way to please God through His Son who desires to give us life and have it to the full (see John 10:10).

The question now is: Will you respond to this invitation and take the leap?

More from Blog


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

My Comments Policy

While my site offers visitors the ability to converse, I have a few ground rules so that our conversations will remain civil and courteous.

1. You must register in order to leave a comment. I don’t entertain pseudo, anonymous or bogus individuals. This site is my home (it has a Home Page, get it). I don’t let strangers who don’t introduce themselves into my home.

2. I love questions. I love them because a lot of times they are similar to someone else’s questions and can even trigger other questions from others. Questions also keep us all sharp. This is also why I respond to them as best as I can and at the soonest possible time. I believe that group answering benefits more people than private email exchanges.

3. We don’t have to agree. Debates are welcome. However, whether it is with me or any other visitors of my site, my rule is this: disagree if you must but keep things civil. That’s just how I run my home, and you are a visitor here. No shouting; I have seen it done in writing. No cursing and no insulting.

4. I reserve the right to delete your comments. Like I said, this is my home. I do not have an obligation to publish your comments. As a human being, you may enjoy the freedom to express your opinions on your own site but not on mine. To be specific, I will delete your comments if you post content that is in my sole opinion: (a) snarky; (b) off-topic; (c) libelous, defamatory, abusive, harassing, threatening, profane, pornographic, offensive, false, misleading, or which otherwise violates or encourages others to violate my sense of decorum, civility or any law, including intellectual property laws; or (d) “spam,” i.e. an attempt to advertise, solicit, or otherwise promote goods and services. You may, however, post a link to your site or your most recent blog entry.

5. You retain ownership of your comments. I do not own them and I expressly disclaim any and all liability that may result from them. By commenting on my site, you agree that you retain all ownership rights in what you post here and that you will relieve me from any and all liability that may result from those posts.

6. You grant me the license to post your comments. This license is worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, and royalty-free. By posting comments on my site, you automatically grant me the right to store, use, transmit, display, publish, reproduce, and distribute your comments in any format, including but not limited to a blog, in a book, video, or presentation.

In short, my goal is to host interesting conversations with caring, honest, and respectful people. I believe this clear and simple comments policy will facilitate this.